The video assistant referee (VAR) system has become a household name in the industry and has a major role to play in enhancing the transparency and quality of the game of football. This technology not only provides a supportive tool to improve referees’ decision-making process but also heightens the fairness of the game.
As in other parts of life, technology is evolving at a rapid pace in sport, and FIFA strives to stay ahead of the curve. To this end, on Thursday, 6 February, FIFA staged the kick-off meeting for the Working Group for Innovation Excellence at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, which was attended by representatives from 13 competition organizers and The IFAB. The development of the next generation of VAR technology will be this group’s pilot project, with clear objectives to be attained by 2022.